Russians are trying to sell stolen Ukrainian grain: journalist

TVP World spoke with the Ukrainian journalist Grigoriy German, who discussed the Ukrainian people’s efforts to lead normal lives amidst the ongoing war, the Russian attempts to make money on stolen Ukrainian grain, and about bombings of Ukrainian rail tracks by the Russians.

Mr German commented on the ripple effect that the Russian invasion of Ukraine had created around the world, causing many countries to suffer. For instance, the vast export of Ukrainian grain has been halted. According to Mr German, the Russians were stealing Ukrainian grain from the Kherson region and trying to sell it to other countries. Egypt has already rejected the offer to buy stolen grain, and Ukraine called on other countries to do the same, he stated. “We in Ukraine have enough grain for a year or two years, but this is a problem for Africa, South Asia and the Middle East,” he noted.

The journalist was asked for a comment on the situation in the besieged city of Mariupol, as the Ukrainian government recently appealed to the international charity organisation “Doctors Without Borders” to help evacuate the people who are still trapped in the Azovstal plant. The journalist confirmed that the fighting in the steelworks continued, Ukrainian soldiers who are still resisting the Russians on site didn’t have enough supplies and armour, and indeed required any help they could get.

Mr German also confirmed that the Ukrainian forces have pushed the Russian troops back, making the city of Kharkiv a bit safer, but he stressed that it was too early to say it was a secure place. He said that the Russians were bombing Ukrainian railways, leading to significant delays in train schedules and causing evacuation trains to stop in the field. In order to deal with this problem, Ukraine has to receive anti-aircraft missiles from the West, he stated.

Grigoriy German concluded by thanking Poland and the rest of the world for supporting Ukraine. Asked about his opinion on Hungary’s reluctance to impose an embargo on Russian oil, he said the history of both world wars showed Hungary had a tendency to choose the wrong side of the conflict.